Food Geek Friday: Croque Madame Sandwiches

I first found this recipe in Everyday Food Magazine and the picture was so pretty that I HAD to try it. Because I often fly without a net, I decided to make this for Mother's Day without a test run first. Really the way I saw it is that I've endured many of my mom's recipe trials gone awry and if I've learned anything from her, it's that it's perfectly ok to abandon a bad meal and order take-out. Luckily, we didn't need to.

Croque Madame Sandwich adapted from Everyday Food

Serves 1

  • unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 2 thin slices of bread
  • thinly sliced Gruyere cheese
  • thinly sliced ham
  • 1 large egg
  • salt and pepper to taste


  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Spread butter on each bread slice and place 1 slices, butter side down, on a rimmed baking sheet. Top with ham and cheese, then place other slice of bread butter side up. Bake until bread is golden brown and cheese is melted, about 10 minutes, flipping halfway through.
  2. While sandwich is cooking, melt butter into a skillet over medium heat. Cook egg until whites are set and yolk is still runny, about 4 minutes. (I started this after flipping the sammie.) 
  3. Top each sandwich with egg, season with salt and pepper and eat.